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February 2020

Having A Say Conference

24 February - 26 February

Having A Say Conference “A Good Life. Are We There Yet?” The conference will feature: Amazing presentations and stories by presenters with disability Performances by disability drama groups VALID and Inclusion Australia streams looking at the big issues; employment, accommodation, community participation and much more Conference Dinner and Disco Dinner & Chat with speaker Come & Try activities The Having a Say conference is the largest conference for people with disabilities within Australia where people can find their voice, to…

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The Wheeler Centre Storytelling Gala: 2020 Hindsight

25 February

The Wheeler Centre Storytelling Gala: 2020 Hindsight Celebrating The Wheeler Centre’s tenth birthday, join in on a very special storytelling gala. Hear from ten speakers – one from each storytelling gala of the past decade – sharing stories big and small, tender and rueful, funny and profound, on the topic of hindsight. Eddie Ayres, Cate Kennedy, Archie Roach, Alison Lester, Alice Pung, Jack Charles, Gregory Phillips, Sally Warhaft, Sinead Stubbins and Nevo Zisin. Tuesday 25 February at the Athenaeum Theatre…

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Miranda Brockman & Kenji Fujimura

28 February @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Miranda Brockman was born into a large musical family in Geelong, studied a Masters Degree in Music Performance at Melbourne University and won her current position as permanent cellist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1999. Miranda has performed as principal cellist and as soloist with a variety of orchestras in Australia. She was a founding member of Trio Anima Mundi and the Lyric Piano Trio and is a regular recitalist across a number of Victorian regional centres. Dr Kenji…

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Pako Festa

29 February

Pako Festa showcases cultural diversity – via a smorgasbord of cultural food, folk dancing, the famous Pako Parade, workshops, art exhibitions, multicultural craft displays and entertainment on five world music stages in a 1km street festival. The festival is an opportunity for local and regional cultural groups to promote cultural diversity and educate the broader community of the beauty and enriching capacity of multiculturalism and community arts. Pako Festa is traditionally held on the last Saturday of February. Now in its…

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John McCutcheon

29 February

John McCutcheon John McCutcheon is a powerhouse of song, story and amazing music.  A superb multi-instrumentalist, prolific song-writer and amazing story-teller he has appeared at major music festivals and in concert halls across America, Europe and Australia. The 2019 release of ‘100 years of Pete Seeger’ is a tribute to his friend and mentor. The Washington Post described McCutcheon as “Folk music’s rustic renaissance man … storytelling with the richness of fine literature.” Theatre Seating / Licensed Bar

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March 2020

Olivier Bonnici and Wendy Rechenberg in Concert

1 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Relax, dream and be inspired as violinist Olivier Bonnici and pianist Wendy Rechenberg play Bach, Mozart and Kreisler. 3pm Sunday 1st March at St Paul’s Anglican Church, LaTrobe Terrace, Geelong. $20/ $15 cash at the door.

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Morning Showtime – Meet the Ancestors 111

3 March

Morning Showtime – Meet the Ancestors 111 Meet iconic historic Geelong residents in person as they explain their stories and their place in our region’s heritage. Hosted by Charles Brownlow and Godfrey Hirst, you’ll meet Dr Mary de Garis, Alfred Douglass, Ellen Davitt, Francis Ormond, Bransby Cooper and more.  Brought to you by Drop of a Hat Productions. Tuesday morning at 10.30am Only $17 each Ticket   –  Group Discounts Available  Please call the box office to arrange a group booking…

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The Look – Geelong Gallery Exhibition

7 March - 3 May

The Look – Geelong Gallery Exhibition You don’t have to be beautiful to have it, or young, or famous or notorious. You don’t have to dress on-trend, or even neatly. The Italians have an expression, bella figura, to describe a way of being that’s striking. The French might call it je ne sais quoi. It’s a quality that makes you look twice, without really knowing why. In English, it might be called cool. In Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery there’s The Look—a collection of…

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Watercolour Demonstration – Nell Frysteen

7 March @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Demonstration Series – 1st Saturday of the month For the second session of our Demonstration Series, Artisans of Australia are excited to welcome Nell Frysteen to the studios, presenting a demonstration on her use of watercolour. During this session Nell will explore the medium of watercolour, taking you through her technique and the way that she takes a perceived visual field and translates it into coloured paint. This demonstration has limited spaces, so you will be able to watch closely and gain…

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For Schools – Class Clowns 2020

11 March

For Schools – Class Clowns 2020 Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s development program for young comedians around Australia. From workshops in schools to a national comedy competition, the bright young things of tomorrow have the opportunity to be on a journey like that of alumni Josh Thomas, Joel Creasey, Tom Ballard, or YouTube sensation Neel Kolhatkar to name a few. Melbourne International Comedy Festival Register at www.comedyfestival.com.au Workshop 4-6pm, Performance 7pm (Free)

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

14 March

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll By Ray Lawler A beautifully observed and poignant play, Ray Lawler’s much loved tale of two Queensland cane cutters who for 16 years have worked up north in the brutal sugar cane fields and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. But this seventeenth summer will prove challenging for them all. A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, and highly successful West End season,…

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CAMP – Come And Make Performance

14 March - 15 March

CAMP – Come And Make Performance Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March 2020 An annual weekend of delightfully ruthless theatre & art – making workshops for community members with and without disability who love, or are curious about performance making.  Attend the full weekend, full day or single workshop, tickets are available but positions are very limited. Secondary Students are invited to join in on Youth workshops  carried throughout Sunday 15 March. No experience is necessary and new faces are especially…

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Tom Healey Plays at St Paul’s

15 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Tom Healey plays the majestic organ of St Paul’s Geelong. Enjoy this thrilling pipe organ in the beautiful acoustic of this historic building. Tom’s programme includes works by Vivaldi (arranged by Bach), Fanny Mendelssohn, Louis Lefebure-Wely, Elgar’s blockbuster ‘Pomp and Circumstance March’ arranged for organ, the stunning ‘Embrace of Fire’ by Lebanese/ French composer Naji Hakim, and much more. Tickets at the door (cash only): $25, $20 (concession), Under 18 free. 3pm Sunday 15th March. St Paul’s Anglican Church, 171/177…

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Geelong Design Week 2020

19 March @ 9:00 am - 29 March @ 5:00 pm

Geelong Design Week 19 – 29 March 2020 The first ever Geelong Design Week will celebrate how design impacts our daily lives and how doing it differently can make our lives better. We’re inviting organisations and community groups to host workshops, talks, tours, demonstrations and exhibitions to explore new ideas, challenge what’s possible and showcase our achievements in design and innovation. Events are welcome across the following categories: Technology, innovation and manufacturing Culture and heritage Social and community services Architecture,…

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Kathy Holowko’s Fibre Workshop

22 March @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Kathy Holowko’s Fibre Workshop In this workshop, Kathy will introduce the concepts behind her fibre-based artwork and give a hands-on demonstration on the ways Kathy has turned fibre into sculpture. Participants can choose which method of construction they would like to explore, and make their own cocoon-like sculpture to take home. Bookings Essential.

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How to Create A Sustainable Wardrobe | With Courtney Holm

22 March @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

How to Create A Sustainable Wardrobe | With Courtney Holm Join A.BCH founder and acclaimed Geelong-based sustainable fashion designer Courtney Holm to learn how to create a sustainable wardrobe.  

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27 March - 29 March

COSI By Louis Nowra In a burnt-out old theatre adjoining the grounds of a mental hospital in 1970s Australia, a motley crew is assembling. Corralled by the manic depressive Roy – in equal parts endearing and insufferable – and encouraged by social worker Justin, the eccentric group of patients is attempting to stage a production of Mozart’s opera, Cosi fan Tutte. Against a backdrop of political activism during the Vietnam War, what truly matters is getting this unusual production off the…

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April 2020

School Holidays – Easter Egg Party

2 April

School Holidays – Easter Egg Party BELLARINE YOUTH ACTION CREW Come join the fun at the second BYAC Easter Egg Hunt at The Shed. – 4pm  FREE  

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Susan O’Neil

2 April

Susan O’Neil SON is the stage name of Susan O Neill,  who argues through her work, for a transnational melding of musical styles, encompassing the old and new.  After the release of her first album ‘found myself lost’, Susan has been compared to Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, a ‘ballsier’ Adele and Florence Welch. Eclectically fusing traditional Irish folk with rock, soul, gospel and blues, her live performances are electrifying. The amazing range of her husky vocals combined with her superb…

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Geelong Pride Film Festival – 2020

2 April @ 11:00 am - 5 April @ 10:00 pm
Geelong Pride Film Festival

The 3rd Geelong Pride Film Festival will be held at Courthouse Youth Arts and the Pivotonian Cinema from 2nd – 5th April 2020. The Geelong Pride Film Festival (GPFF) in a volunteer-run LGBTIQ+ film festival that screens contemporary and classic LGBTIQ+ themed films for the whole community. In addition to the annual festival Geelong Pride Film hosts special one-off screenings throughout the year. Opening night of the GPFF in 2020 will be at Courthouse Youth Arts on Thursday 2nd of…

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Geelong’s Best KID Busker 2020 – Applications now OPEN

2 April @ 12:00 pm - 9 April @ 3:00 pm

Geelong’s Best KID Busker Competition – 2020 Heats – Thu 2nd Apr 2020, Tue 7th Apr 2020 Finals – Thu 9th Apr 2020 Time 12noon till 3-00pm Location: Little Malop St Central – between Yarra St and Moorabool St, Geelong CBD Free Event for all ages To be held in The Easter, School holidays in Litlle Malop St An event for local kids iand youths 5 to 16 years of age in The Geelong Bellarine and Surf Coast region to …

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Acrylic Demonstration – Tony Bramwell

4 April @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Demonstration Series – 1st Saturday of the month April at the Artisans of Australia studios is acrylic month. Tony Bramwell, a well known artist, who’s work was featured in the ABC TV show “ Can we Help?” and in Australian Artist Magazine, will be heading to the studios to lead us through a demonstration of his techniques in acrylics. Probably best known as a Caricature artist and tutor, who has been tutoring at Werribee and the Geelong Art Society for…

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Morning Showtime – The Music of the Shadows : Bayside Drifters

14 April

Morning Showtime – The Music of the Shadows : Bayside Drifters Be transported back to ‘60s Britain as local outfit The Bayside Drifters pay homage to the legendary UK instrumental outfit The Shadows, playing all the hits from the swinging 60’s. Tuesday morning at 10.30am Only $17 each Ticket   –  Group Discounts Available  Please call the box office to arrange a group booking or to receive the Morning Show VIP  price any 5 for $75. Morning Tea provided by Bakers…

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Memoirs and Mullets

18 April

Memoirs and Mullets By Fava Productions A unique Australian love story, told through music, roller skating, circus, comedy & dance. Follow lovers Frankie & Shazza through the 50s to the 80s and a love affair that outlasts the ages. This fast paced show will delight audiences of all ages. Featuring world class circus tricks, seamless dance routines and characters you are sure to love, Memoirs and Mullets is guaranteed to put a smile onya dial. Plus an 80’s Disco Party…

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May 2020

Piers Lane with ANAM musicians

1 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

With an international career spanning nearly 40 years over 40 countries and an astounding repertoire containing at least 75 concertos… Piers Lane is an Australian music icon. He stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty Piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano concerto, written for him, with the Sydney…

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The Bayside Drifters play the Shadows

2 May

The Bayside Drifters play the Shadows Be transported back to ‘60s Britain as local outfit The Bayside Drifters pay homage to the legendary UK instrumental outfit The Shadows. The Shadows came out from behind band leader Cliff Richards to be stars in their own right. Now The Bayside Drifters perform all the classic hits from this unique band who notched up 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s. All members of the band pride themselves in performing…

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Pastel Pencil Demonstration – Colleen Beveridge

2 May @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Demonstration Series – 1st Saturday of the month “The medium I love working with is pastel pencils. For years I learnt everything I could about pastels (too messy!), then moved to coloured pencils (so slow!) & then discovered the perfect combination of both.” As part of the demonstration series being hosted at Artisans of Australia, we are excited to have the wonderful Colleen Beveridge attending the studios to give a demonstration in pastel pencils. During this 3hr demonstration Colleen intends…

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Cabaret Star for Hire

9 May

Cabaret Star for Hire By Anya Anastasia After 10 years of writing, performing and touring internationally, Australia’s “Cabaret Queen” Anya Anastasia is quitting cabaret. Cabaret Star For Hire is part performance-art, part Aussie opera, part physical and musical comedy extravaganza with all-original songs and hysterical musings of an artist on the brink of superstardom, or mental breakdown, or both.   From the sublime to the ridiculous and everything in between with very relatable and honest tales from a recently retired showgirl…

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The Magnolia Tree

15 May

The Magnolia Tree By Michael Griffith If you agree, then tonight the unthinkable will become thinkable. In the front yard of the family’s home stands a Magnolia Tree. It was Mum’s favourite. Three siblings have come together to choose a nursing home for their mother who has advanced Alzheimer’s but instead Jack, for unclear reasons, will attempt to talk his sisters into letting her go, tonight. We’re privy to family secrets, fractured relationships and confessions. Personal boundaries are crossed leaving…

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12th Annual Windfire Music Festival

15 May @ 8:00 pm - 24 May @ 5:00 pm

featuring Australian Boys Choir and the Vocal Consort, Exaudi Youth Choir, Vardos (pictured), Orchestra Geelong, Geelong Concert Band, Peter Roberts, Kym Dillon, Jacqui Dreessens, organ +1 recitals.  See www.musicatthebasilica.org.au or phone 0499 899 389 for concert dates and venues    

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